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Title: Esl readers' comprehension performance : the Chinese secondary context
Authors: Chau, J
Wu, W
Chen, J 
Lughmani, S 
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
Source: ELT journal, 2012, v. 66, no. 3, p. 304-317 How to cite?
Journal: ELT Journal 
Abstract: Recent research in reading comprehension in Western settings has focused on collecting evidence from reading tests that would measure relevant ESL reading constructs to inform reading instruction and assessment. Similar studies in non-Western contexts, however, remain under-reported. This study involved 958 senior secondary Hong Kong (Chinese) school students and 45 ESL teachers from local secondary schools. The study identified some of the weaknesses and strengths in aspects of Chinese ESL readers' comprehension performance. Results of the study indicate that reading comprehension is constrained by linguistic-, discourse-, and pragmatic-level problems. The article concludes with a call to rethink ESL reading pedagogy to foster readers' own understanding of a text and to build up interest and confidence in reading. Three instructional methods in this direction are proposed for ESL reading improvement.
ISSN: 0951-0893
DOI: 10.1093/elt/ccr088
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